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Seriously simple, modern end table


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This is a seriously simple end table project made from a 2×12 piece of wood and we added cute little feet to it. This would be a great first project…hint hint 😉     



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Living room BEFORE


Our baby dancing at the new table

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Fabulous Fireplace Remodel

Posted: August 21, 2010 in Living Room

This is by FAR my favorite feature in our house and one of the main reasons we bought the house…the HUGE fireplace feature. It is the central feature to the home with the livingroom on one side and the dining room on the otherside. Here is a picture of what it looked like BEFORE the remodel:

Fireplace BEFORE

I actually thought the fireplace was fine before (besides the fact that there was no mantel to hang stockings on for Christmas). But I’m sure glad I was talked into upgrading it! It was built out a little bit, framed with beautiful glass tile, added a nice slab of absolute granite and after trying a few different mantel options we topped it with stained concrete to match the kitchen counter color. Here it is:

Fireplace AFTER

And here is a close up of the mantel and tiles:

Closer view of the mantel and tile

I LOVE how it turned out! What do you think? Has anyone else completed or thinking about upgrading your old fireplace? Do tell…

Cable wire wall decor


Anyone else have a place with a big empty wall? We sure did…until this afternoon. We decided we wanted a way to share all of our current favorite pictures (no surprise our son was part of every picture we could find on our camera!) without having to buy a ton of picture frames (and put a million holes in the wall). We actually had some extra wire sitting around from another project and decided it should not go to waste. So, we ran out to the store to pick up a few things to attach it to the wall.

We needed a piece to screw into the wall that we would wrap the wire around, a clamp to keep the wire from sliding back out, and the longer piece is a the coolest…after connected you can turn it to tighten up the wire to keep it from sagging. Here’s a pic of the packages in case you want to do the same thing…

The equipment to hang the cables

Next step is to mark out where you want to hang the wires and the most important part is to make sure the wires are level. This is my most favorite tool in the house.

Getting everything level

Next step is to attach the pieces to the wall and thread the wire through and clamp it. Here’s a close up:

close-up of cable clamped on

magic cable tightener

 Other end of the cable you’ll need to hook the tightening fastener on first then thread the wire through that piece and clamp it…and Voila!

The cables are up and ready for pictures

 Now for the fun part:

We bought scrapbooking paper/cardstock since it is 12″ square so it would accomodate both vertical and horizontal 8×10 pictures that we wanted to print and still look orderly when hanging. Then I printed all my current favorite pics and opted for a faded border to blend right into the white paper. We simply used binder clips (that came in silver) to hang the pictures from the top AND and bottom so they will not be flapping around.

Pictures are up

 Here’s the finished project! I love how easy it will be to switch out the pictures as time goes on…


Have any other great ideas for huge empty walls? Anyone else want to try this project? Its well worth it. I think it would be great in a kids room full of all their drawings too!